Billy Howard & Laurie Shock


Billy Howard is a photographer and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has coauthored three school history books in addition to producing documentary photography books and photo exhibits on public and global health issues. His book Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS, was the first full-length photo documentary book on the AIDS pandemic. Work from that book is archived in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts and Rare Book Library at Emory University as well as in the collections of The Library of Congress Photography Collection, and the High Museum of Art. He was named a CASE Photographer of the Year, and was a 2011–2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow in Mental Health Journalism. Howard has been interviewed about his work on CBS This MorningGood Morning AmericaNPR, and other local, regional, and national news programs. He has traveled the world photographing and writing about schools for their marketing, and fund raising campaigns for more than twenty-five years and is currently working on books for Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and Northshore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL. 

Laurie Shock has designed more than two hundred books, including A Century of Women with Turner Broadcasting, and Isaac Asimov’s Library of the Universe. She has coauthored three school history books and is the author of Camp Merrie-Woode: One Hundred Years of Following the Gleam, the history of an iconic girls camp in Sapphire Valley, North Carolina that helped shape the camp movement within the United States. 

She has produced and designed fine-art and non-fiction coffee-table books for international book publisher Rizolli and Fall Line Press, an Atlanta publishing house specializing in documentary and fine-art photography as well as producing under her own imprint, Shock Design Books.

She has collaborated with the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Carter Center to produce documentary books on children with cancer, global health, and the eradication of guinea worm disease in Africa.

Shock’s books have won three Grand Gold CASE District III Awards in the categories of writing, design and photography; three Silver IPPY awards for book design; a Benjamin Franklin Gold award for cover design; four Benjamin Franklin Silver awards for book design; and a Bronze CASE Circle of Excellence Award in book design among other awards and honors.

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